Legacy prequels like Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (which premieres May 23) seem expressly designed to catch the eyes of parents who loved their predecessors, and who’ll encourage their children to watch them rather than the alternative entertainment options at their disposal—thereby hooking a new generation on a classic franchise. As such, they appear to be guided as much by corporate strategy as artistic inspiration, although if Max’s effort to extend the Gremlins brand doesn’t feel vital, it’s also not without its charms—thanks, in no small part, to the enduring cuteness of its furry protagonist.
The big-eared, giant-eyed, gibberish-cooing Gizmo was central to the appeal of Joe Dante’s beloved 1984 film, as well as its underrated 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Showrunner Tze Chun’s Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (which claims Dante as a consulting producer and Steven Spielberg as an executive producer) doubles down on the adorability of its pint-sized center of attention.
There are countless opportunities throughout its 10 episodes to go “aww” at the sight of the furry mystical Chinese creature—known as a Mogwai—scurrying about, speaking in chirpy noises and performing like a boisterous entertainer. If nothing else, Max’s latest should successfully endear kids to the ’80s sci-fi/horror icon, not to mention help rejuvenate his status as a merchandising star.
Source: The Daily Beast
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